What can you gain by giving up sugary drinks?
Monday 4th January 2016
The high quantities of sugar in fizzy pop and other drinks can have a big impact on our bodies. And it’s not just the usual suspects - recent headlines have drawn attention to the sugar in fruit juices and smoothies as well.
According to the NHS, men should have no more than 70g of added sugar a day, and women 50g. Lemonade has around 10g per can, whereas cola can have between 33g and 41g. One can of pop can make up a significant portion of your daily sugar.
Why is this a problem? Any energy we consume that we don’t use including that in sugar we store as fat. Studies by the National Diet and Nutrition Survey show that we drink an average of 123ml of sugar-sweetened drinks per person per day. Ultimately, by drinking too many sugary drinks, we’re increasing our chances of obesity, which can lead to a multitude of other problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Too much sugar will also lead to tooth decay.
To cut down on your sugary drinks, the simplest answer is switch to water. However, if you miss the sweetness, try watering down the drink you usually have, to keep the taste but cut the sugar.
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